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Point of AttackPreventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare$
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John Yoo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347735.001.0001

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Force Rules

Force Rules

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(p.83) 4 Force Rules
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Point of Attack
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John Yoo

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347735.003.0004

The UN Charter stands in the way of a reconceived international system that would allow more force to improve global welfare. Nations wedded to the UN system might reinterpret self-defense to permit earlier uses of force to preempt looming threats. Anticipatory self-defense should expand to take into account a threat’s magnitude of harm as well as its probability.

Keywords:   UN Charter, self-defense, anticipatory self-defense, preemptive war, expected harm

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